Therapy for parents of autistic children helps them handle emotions better
While therapy helps kids with autism, it has a great effect on parents too. According to recent study, a group of researchers have discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience improvements in their own depression, emotion regulation. Approximately 70% of children with autism struggle with emotional or behavioural problems, and may benefit from cognitive behaviour therapy to improve their ability to manage their emotions.
The scientists discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience a real benefit that improves the family experience. “Most of the time when parents bring in their kids for cognitive behaviour therapy, they are in a separate room learning what their children are doing, and are not being co-therapists. What’s unique about what we studied is what happens when parents are partners in the process from start to finish. Increasingly we know that it’s helpful for kids with autism, specifically, and now we have proven that it’s helpful for their parents too,” Jonathan Weiss, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatment and Care Research.
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- 2nd August 2017
- Hindustan Times